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Mixed Reaction From World Leaders, Others Following News Of Trump's Victory

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- News of Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election has drawn mixed reaction from leaders and others around the world.

Below are just some of the responses from across the globe:


Chinese President Xi Jinping conveyed his congratulations to Trump, saying he looked forward to working with Trump on promoting ties in a "constructive'' way that avoids conflict and confrontation.

State broadcaster CCTV reported Wednesday that Xi said the two biggest economies in the world shared common interests and shouldered a "special and important responsibility in upholding world peace.''

During his campaign, Trump accused China of illegally subsidizing exports, manipulating its currency and stealing intellectual property.


A spokesman for the Polish president says Poland cares a lot whether Trump will implement NATO decisions to deploy military deterrence forces in Poland and the Baltic states.

Marek Magierowski says on state Radio 1 Wednesday that it is a priority for Poland to see the implementation of NATO decision to base for battalions in the region, including a U.S. armored brigade to be stationed in Poland, and also the construction of a U.S. missile defense base.

The region is concerned for its security amid Russia's rising military assertiveness.

Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz says he expects ties to be even better under Trump as president.


Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said his country will work "as closely as ever'' with the United States under Trump's new administration.

"Politicians and governments, congressmen, senators, prime ministers, presidents come and go according to the will of the people of Australia and the United States, but the bond between our two nations, our shared common interests, our shared national interests are so strong, are so committed that we will continue to work with our friends in the United States,'' he said.


French President Francois Hollande said Trump's election "opens a period of uncertainty. It must be faced with lucidity and clarity.''

In brief remarks after the weekly Cabinet meeting, Hollande congratulated Trump "as is natural between two heads of state,'' but showed little enthusiasm. Hollande had openly endorsed Hillary Clinton and said Wednesday he was thinking of her.

Hollande said "certain positions taken by Donald Trump during the American campaign must be confronted with the values and interests we share with the United States.''

"What is at stake is peace, the fight against terrorism, the situation in the Middle East," he said. "It is economic relations and the preservation of the planet.''

The Taliban

The Taliban have called on Trump to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan once he takes office as president.

In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Wednesday that a Trump administration "should allow Afghans to become a free nation and have relationships with other countries based on non-interference in each other's affairs.''

The Afghan conflict is in its 16th year. The Taliban have spread their footprint across Afghanistan in the two years since most international combat troops withdrew.

President Barack Obama expanded U.S. troops' mandate to enable them to work more closely on the battlefield with their Afghan counterparts, and to conduct counter-terrorism operations against al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group and the Taliban.


Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta sent a message of congratulations to Trump, saying "the American people have spoken, and they have spoken clearly.''

Kenyatta says Wednesday that "the ties that bind Kenya and the United States of America are close and strong. They are old, and based in the values that we hold dear: in democracy, in the rule of law, and in the equality of peoples.''


The president of Slovenia, the small Alpine nation that is the home country of future First Lady Melania Trump, said he hopes relations with the U.S. will further improve during Trump's presidency.

President Boris Pahor said Wednesday "we are allied as part of NATO and I will strive for the friendship and the alliance to deepen further.''

Pahor also said "American people have the right to decide on their leader.'' Prime Minister Miro Cerar has also congratulated the Trumps in a Twitter message.

The Vatican

The Vatican's first reaction to the election of Trump has focused on its wish for global peace.

Pope Francis did not mention the U.S. elections during his Wednesday audience, but secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, offered Trump congratulations in a statement to Vatican Radio that "his government can be truly fruitful.''

He added the Vatican offered its prayers "that the Lord illuminates and sustains him in service of his country, naturally, but also in service of the well-being and peace of the world.''

Parolin concluded by noting that "there is need for everyone to work to change the global situation, which is in a situation of severe lacerations and great conflict.''


Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow is ready to try to restore good relations with the United States in the wake of the election.

Putin said Wednesday at a ceremony accepting the credentials of new ambassadors that "we aware that it is a difficult path, in view of the unfortunate degradation of relations between the Russian Federation and the United States.''

"It is not our fault that Russian-American relations are in such a state,'' he said.

Earlier, the Kremlin said Putin sent Trump a telegram of congratulation, expressing "his hope to work together for removing Russian-American relations from their crisis state.''

Putin also said ties between Moscow and Washington must be "based on principles of equality, mutual respect and a real accounting each other's positions.''


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has congratulated Donald Trump, calling him a "true friend of the State of Israel.''

Netanyahu said Wednesday he believes the two leaders "will continue to strengthen the unique alliance between our two countries and bring it to ever greater heights.''

Earlier, a key ally in Netanyahu's center-right coalition, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, said Tump's victory means that "the era of a Palestinian state is over.'' The Palestinians want a state in lands Israel captured in 1967.

Netanyahu has said he is willing to negotiate a border deal, but has retracted offers made by his predecessors while pressing ahead with Jewish settlement expansion on war-won land.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas says in a statement that he "congratulates the elected American president, Donald Trump, and hopes that peace will be achieved during his term.''

An Abbas aide, Saeb Erekat, said Wednesday he doesn't expect U.S. positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to change under Trump.


Iran's semi-official news agency Tasnim has quoted the country's foreign minister as saying that the United States needs to implement its part of multilateral international commitments under last year's historic nuclear deal.

The comments Wednesday by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif came after Trump's election. During the campaign, Trump criticized the deal and suggested he would try to renegotiate it.

Zarif was quoted as saying that any U.S. president "should have a correct understanding of realities of the world and our region and face them realistically.''

Zarif said that America has accepted multilateral international commitments and has to "implement the nuclear deal.''


The Iraqi government said relations with the United States have a "solid base'' and this is not expected to change after Trump's election as president.

Government spokesman Saad al-Hadithi told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Iraq is keen to develop its relations with the U.S. and "boost cooperation in the fight against terrorism.''

He noted the leading U.S. role in the current battle to push back Islamic State extremists in Iraq's north. Last month, a U.S.-led military coalition launched an operation to retake Iraq's second largest city, Mosul, from Islamic State extremists.


German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Trump "close cooperation'' on the basis of shared trans-Atlantic values that she says include respect for human dignity regardless of people's origin, gender or religion.

Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the campaign which ended in Trump's victory featured "confrontations that were difficult to bear.''

Merkel stressed Germany's close historical connection with the United States.

"Germany and America are connected by values: democracy, freedom, respect for the law and for the dignity of human beings, independently of origin, skin color, religion, gender, sexual orientation or political views,'' she said.

She added: "On the basis of these values, I am offering the future president of the United States of America, Donald Trump, close cooperation.''

She said the partnership with the U.S. "is a foundation stone of German foreign policy.''

South Sudan

A top official in South Sudan has welcomed Trump's election victory.

South Sudan's Minister of Information and government spokesman Michael Makuei said Trump "will be better after all'' for his nation.

Makeui said "I really doubt President Obama had any clear policy to South Sudan other than to destroy it. So we will definitely expect better relations with Trump --- and the U.S.A. after the election.''


Cambodia's long-serving authoritarian prime minister Hun Sen has congratulated Trump on his victory.

On his official Facebook page, Hun Sen called Trump "your excellency'' and pointed out that he'd announced his support for the Republican candidate several days earlier.

He said "American voters have shown their choice to elect your excellency --- My support for your candidacy is not wrong either.''

Hun Sen has kept a tight grip on Cambodian politics for three decades by silencing critics with lawsuits, intimidation and other tactics.

European Union

European Union leaders have invited Trump to come visit the 28-nation bloc as possible to assess trans-Atlantic ties.

With "sincere congratulations,'' EU Council President Donald Tusk and his Commission counterpart Jean-Claude Juncker said that, despite Trump's campaign talk of protectionism and isolationism, both sides "should consolidate the bridges we have been building across the Atlantic.''

Tusk famously quoted his wife during the U.S. election campaign, saying that "One Donald is more than enough!''


Indonesia's president Joko "Jokowi'' Widodo says the world's most populous Muslim nation will work with Trump's new administration.

He said "we will keep good relations, especially in trade and investment as we know the U.S. is one of Indonesia's major investors. I think there will be no change.''

But, Komaruddin Hidayat, a noted Indonesian Islamic scholar, says Trump's election as U.S. president is "shocking'' for many people in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation.

Hidayat, who is also rector of Indonesia's state-run Islamic University, says Trump has signaled backing for ultra-nationalist, isolationist and protectionist policies that could be harmful.


Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has sent his "heartfelt congratulations'' to Trump for his election.

Abe said that "as a very successful businessman with extraordinary talents, not only you made a great contribution to the growth of the U.S. economy, but now as a strong leader, you have demonstrated your determination to lead the United States.''

Abe, in the statement, reminded Trump of the importance of the Asia-Pacific region, saying its peace and stability is "a driving force of the global economy'' that also brings peace and prosperity to the U.S., reminding him of the importance of the region.


British Prime Minister Theresa May has congratulated Trump, saying the two countries will remain "strong and close partners on trade, security and defense.''

In a statement, May said Trump had won after "a hard-fought campaign.''

May, who took office after British voters delivered a shock to the establishment by deciding to leave the European Union, declined to comment on rival candidates Trump and Clinton while the U.S. race was on.

On Wednesday, she stressed the enduring trans-Atlantic "special relationship, based on the values of freedom, democracy and enterprise.''


Egypt's president has congratulated Trump, saying Cairo wants to see more "cooperation and coordination'' between the two nations to bolster stability and peace in the Middle East.

President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi telephoned Trump to offer his congratulations. He also invited the next U.S. president to visit Egypt.

Cairo receives more than $1 billion dollar annually in U.S. military and economic aid under an assistance program that began in the 1970s to reward Egypt for signing a peace treaty with Israel.


NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said he's looking forward to working with Trump and that U.S. leadership is vital to the world's biggest military alliance.

Stoltenberg said Wednesday that "it is important that the Trans-Atlantic bond remains strong'' and that "U.S. leadership is as important as ever.''

Trump has criticized many allies for not paying their fair share of the NATO budget.

Stoltenberg said he looks forward to welcoming Trump at next Spring's NATO summit, to be held in the alliance's sprawling new premises in Brussels.


Malaysia's prime minister congratulated Trump on his "extraordinary victory,'' saying his success showed that politicians should never take voters for granted.

Najib Razak is a possible beneficiary of what could be an inward-looking U.S. under a Trump presidency. He is embroiled in a scandal over the alleged theft by his associates of several billion dollars from a state investment fund. A U.S. Justice Department probe has linked Najib to the embezzlement.

Najib said opinion polls and established political figures all underestimated the strength of Trump's support.


Trump's victory is being viewed with shock and revulsion in Ireland.

The country is close to the Clintons and fearful of Trump's campaign pledge to confront U.S. companies using Ireland as a tax shelter.

The Irish Times branded the New York businessman a "misogynistic racist liar'' who would fan instability overseas and intolerance at home.

Irish Times columnist Fintan O'Toole wrote Wednesday: "The republic of Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln and Roosevelt is now the United Hates of America.''

"President Trump is the creation of the same demographic that gave Europe its far-right authoritarian movements with such disastrous consequences for the world,'' he wrote.


Italy's premier has offered his congratulations to Trump, brushing aside political differences, following his repeated public endorsements of Hillary Clinton.

Premier Matteo Renzi says Wednesday "in the name of Italy, I congratulate the president of the United States and wish him well in his work, convinced that the Italian-American friendship remains strong and solid.''

Renzi faces his own political reckoning next month with a constitutional referendum that has mobilized opposition as well as party dissidents against him. A no vote is likely to force at least a government shuffling in Italy, if not new elections.

Renzi was in Washington last month for a state visit with Obama.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says he hopes Trump's election as president marks a new era in the United States that he hopes will lead to "beneficial'' steps for fundamental rights, liberties and democracy in the world.

Addressing a business group in Istanbul on Wednesday, Erdogan also said he hopes the election result would also be auspicious for the region.

Erdogan said: "Personally and on behalf of the nation, I wish to consider this decision by the American people a positive sign and wish them a successful future.''


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Donald Trump in a message posted on Twitter.  Modi tweeted that "we appreciate the friendship you have articulated toward India during your campaign.

Trump had reached out to Indian-American voters at a rally in New Jersey in mid-October, praising Modi and vowing to defeat terrorism.

In the Indian capital Wednesday, some from right-wing Hindu nationalist group Hindu Sena celebrated Trump's victory at a central protest ground.


Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has lashed out at Obama for criticizing his deadly anti-drug crackdown, has congratulated Trump.

Duterte said he looks forward to working with the new American leader to further enhance the treaty allies' relations.

Duterte, who took office in June, has had an uneasy relation with the U.S. The 71-year-old leader has announced his desire to scale back joint combat drills with the U.S. military and end the presence of foreign troops, including Americans, in the country in two years.


Hungary's prime minister said Trump's victory is "great news'' and shows "democracy is still alive.''

Prime Minister Viktor Orban has been often criticized by the United States, including by Clinton when she was secretary of state, for weakening the democratic system of checks and balances. Orban offered his congratulations to Trump on his Facebook page.

Orban, who returned to power in 2010 and last year built fences on Hungary's southern borders to stop the flow of migrants heading toward Western Europe, said in July that Trump's immigration policies made him the best candidate for Hungary and Europe.

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